One of the many reasons why we tend to go back to our old habits or likings is its sense of security that subconsciously envelopes us. In relation to healthy eating, we often times feel the need to give in to our favorite sweets and salty snacks. Nevertheless, it does not mean that we should allow ourselves to be controlled by thoughts that would do no good – which is why I created these simple methods that will suppress your crazy cravings and prevent you from wanting more junk.

Go minty
Right after eating, make sure to drink, eat, or gargle something that has peppermint flavor. The fresh taste and scent eliminate oils and traces of what you just ate. It also floods your senses to signal that you’ve consumed enough already. Peppermint is a natural suppressant as well so feel free to drink it before, after, or in between meals.

Kiss of sweetness
If you’re craving for dessert, all you have to do is to take a spoonful of it and slowly savor the textures and flavors. Doing such will satisfy your brain without having to sacrifice so many calories. Fruits are also a good alternative to those who have a sweet tooth. It’s all natural and loaded with nutrients to sustain your body’s needs. Another great option is dark chocolate since it is rich in antioxidants and it helps prevent heart disease.

Get crazy with cayenne
You can add cayenne on your meals or drinks to help curb your appetite, boost your metabolism, strengthen your immunity and promote your digestion. It also stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion which helps in nutrient absorption and waste elimination. Cayenne is basically a super food that you can easily get a hold of and incorporate with whatever you’re ingesting.

Crisp your veggies
For those who just love fries and chips, an awesome alternative to feeding your craving is baking your veggies to crispy perfection. However, you would want to avoid starchy vegetables such as potato. You can use green leafy vegetables such as kale, or other root crops such as thinly sliced sweet potato. Just make sure to dry them completely and put a tiny bit of oil so you could achieve your desired texture. Once cooked, you can lightly season them with salt and you’re good to go.

Allowing yourself to indulge a little helps you stay in this lifestyle. It is essential however that you take extra precaution in doing so because you might end up having too much. The key is to program your mind in believing that you don’t need to go back to your old ways just to feel sustained. Embrace this mental and spiritual challenge.